If you’re at all familiar with Ubiquiti Networks, you probably know they make an interesting assortment of high power wireless gadgets at an incredibly inexpensive price point. One product group consists of single board computers optimized for embedded wireless development & deployment. This line includes the LiteStation, MiniStation, WISPStation, RouterStation and RouterStationPRO.
Sadly, there are no indoor cases currently available for these boards, making deployment difficult unless you’re going to crank out 10K cases with a plastics manufacturer in Taiwan. This is where Netgate comes in. We’ve developed a metal indoor case for the RouterStationPRO, and we’d like your feedback on the prototype.
Here’s the prototype case (LARGE versions, not completely ready for prime time, please don’t repost)
Here are smaller pics for reference:
Note the six knockouts on the back for upto six RP-SMA sized antennas. There are also six holes corresponding to the LEDs on the board, however the LEDs are not immediately visible from outside the case, so we’ve added a provision for mounting a lightguide using the two knockouts on each side of the LED holes. (We think this is kind of a hack, so we definitely want your feedback on this idea.)
Some layout & design decisions were made based on the type of enclosure, comments made in the forum, and component layout on the board.
Please share your comments with us – we have a week to make changes prior to starting our production run. What do you think? Too many ventilation holes? Not enough antenna holes? White/Red/Yellow/Psychedelic instead of Black? We’d like to hear from you.